first_imgSouth African skipper Faf Du Plessis escaped suspension but was fined 100 percent of his match fee after the ICC found him guilty of ball tampering during the win in the 2nd Test against Australia. Du Plessis was pictured applying saliva on the ball while he had mint in his mouth. Du Plessis had pleaded not-guilty while South African team presented a united front at the press-conference calling the accusations a ‘joke’.Here are other instances of allegations of ball tampering against some of the biggest names in the world of cricket.PAKISTAN TEAM, AUGUST 2006In what has been the only instance of a match being won due to a forfeit by the opposition team occurred in 2006 when Pakistan team refused to take the field post Tea after being accused of tampering the seam of the ball by the on-field umpires on Day 4. Even though Pakistan & England teams reached an understanding & decided to resume the match an hour later, the umpires declined to continue the match saying that Pakistan forfeited the match after refusing to take the field. While Pakistan team captain Inzamam Ul Haq was later cleared of ball-tampering allegation, he was handed a ban of 4 ODI matches for bringing the game to disrepute by refusing to play. This instance divided world cricket like never before.SHAHID AFRIDI, 2010Stand-in Pakistan Captain Shahid Afridi was handed a 2-match ban after possibly the most obvious case of ball tampering ever caught on tape. Afridi was seen biting the ball during Pakistan’s two-wicket loss to Australia. The incident was reported to the on-field umpires who changed the ball while Afridi accepted the charges saying he was ’embarrassed’ and that he was just trying to help his team win the match. Pakistan lost the ODI.advertisementFAF DU PLESSIS, 2013South African player Faf Du Plessis was fined 50% of his match fee after TV cameras caught him rubbing the ball on a zip on his trousers in an attempt to ‘rough-up’ one side. Du Plessis pleaded guilty while the umpires added five runs to Pakistan’s total.VERNON PHILANDER, 2014South African pacer Vernon Philander was fined 75% of his match fee after the match-referee found him “scratching the ball with his fingers and thumb” to alter its state.SACHIN TENDULKAR, 2001Match referee Mike Dennis suspended Sachin Tendulkar for a match after he suspected the Master Blaster of scrubbing the seam of the ball. Tendulkar clarified that he was just removing grass from the seam and after protests by the Indian Team the match-referee was removed for the third Test. ICC later cleared Tendulkar of all charges.last_img read more